SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)
For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.
Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.
I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.
And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.
Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…
EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!
SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)
The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.
Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.
So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter.
SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)
For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.
So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…
Editors Notes: This was not an easy show to record. Dave was both eager to talk about these things and at the same time, reticent (for reasons you will hear) to do so. We apologize for it being late, but now you understand why.
SEGMENT – SOME OF HOLLYWOOD’S BEST ACTING
Harvey Weinstein’s recent outing as a predatory sexual criminal has some odd effects on the nation and society as a whole. first of all, are we really that shocked to discover this? The truth is it was so well known an occurrence that it became a trope used in movies, books and TV for decades. Even some of our favorite films make reference to it. Moreover, is the outrage expressed by Hollywood itself really believable? Maybe, maybe not. But in any case, the destruction which is caused by this behavior is more than can measured by a simple #hashtag or a newspaper article. Do you really understand how damaging to the victims this is? Do you understand how it effects their lives permanently? How it changes the lives who love and care for the victims? Why do the Harvey Weinstein’s of the world – not just Hollywood – get to decide to destroy lives with impunity? And what – if anything – can we or should we do about it. Because at the end of the day, while Hollywood knew about it and chose to live with it, we knew about it too…
As I have said before, I personally have never been a victim of sexual abuse or harassment. But… I personally know far too many people who have been. In the early 1990’s I attended a Seminary that was smack dab in the Red Light district of Atlanta, with an up close view and conversations that still haunt me. My first marriage was a quagmire of confusion and misunderstanding because of her past history of being abused.
As we see story after story of abuse and misbehavior, we are forced to ask whether or not this is simply a matter of telling men to stop, or is there something deeper at which we need to be looking? Is it really as simple as a hashtag?
The destruction caused is massive. The collateral damage effects far more people than will admit to it, and that is just one of the reasons why this problem defies any level of understanding or ability to solve with simple solutions.
SEGMENT – BOWE and ROY
Sgt (for the moment) Bowe Bergdahl complained this week that “at least the Taliban was honest” about how they treated him, implying, in fact claiming, that the Army had dealt with him unfairly.
Look, I am well on record as to what I think of Bowe Bergdahl and the trade that brought him into the Army’s hands. Now am I really supposed to give a rodents rear end about his error in thinking that the Army has treated him “unfairly” compared to the damn Taliban?
Alabama GOP Senator nominee Judge Roy Moore made some noise recently when he claimed that US Law ‘requires” people to stand for the flag and the National Anthem. The fact is that it does not, but that won’t matter to those who support him or oppose the Anthem protests. But it does raise a bigger question or two. The players say that they are “not” protesting the Flag, and I have no idea then what exactly it is that they are protesting. But, I dismiss the idea that they are not being offensive.
Why? Because whether or not I “support” the Flag or Police or the National Anthem or anything else literally has nothing to do with why I stand for the moment.
Kim Davis was not jailed for her faith. She was in jail for being in contempt of court. And because she is trying to the one thing that Americans hate more than anything else.
Since it appears that over the long holiday weekend, what is left of the Conservative movement has lost its collective mind, Dave figures that he might as well go full on AHTist and be crazy too. Not really, but it sure seems like what used to be rational, intelligent people have lost their marbles. Of Course, it may be because the world is going to end on September 23rd.
Bowe Berghdahl is facing enhanced charges from the US Army of “Misbehavior Before the Enemy.” This is a rare charge, but in some ways easier to prove than pure desertion and way easier to prove than treason. Moreover it carries a life sentence. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t make the trade, you don’t get to enhance his charges…
ChiCom Warships, or at least Naval vessels, have been spotted in the Bearing Sea, while Russian BEAR-D’s fly down the Pacific Coastline and at least one Russian AGI was seen off of Kings Bay, GA. What does it all mean? Is it a threat? Or is it a slap in the face of American prestige? Is it Obama’s fault?